Here’s some coverage indicating — maybe — what the Timbers and Whitecaps thought of the lists they were presented yesterday.
From the Oregonian.
Some well-known names left unprotected are Real Salt Lake and former Oregon State star Robbie Findley, Seattle’s Blaise N’kufo, New York’s Juan Pablo Angel, Kansas City’s Jimmy Conrad and Chicago’s Nery Castillo.
But the Timbers, who possess the first pick in the expansion draft, aren’t necessarily looking for the biggest names.
Wilkinson, head coach John Spencer and the Timbers staff have created a number of mock drafts and lists of players they think will be selected. Each team will draft 10 players, and the Timbers want to select mostly younger, athletic players with reasonable salaries.
“The first pick has to be the athlete with the most upside who is the best player available that we will be able to fit into our system,” Wilkinson said. “It’s very important that we get the athlete that we need.”
What Wilkinson is hoping for is to unearth another player similar to Sebastien Le Toux, one of the rare players who went from the expansion draft to the all-star team in one season.
From Vancouver’s The Province.
Toronto FC has left midfielder Julian de Guzman — he of the bloated $1.7 million salary — unprotected, while the Chicago Fire (Nery Castillo and Freddie Ljungberg) and Seattle Sounders (Blaise Nkufo) followed suit by leaving their DPs exposed.
And there is cheaper young talent, too, like Dallas’s Eric Avila and Seattle’s Nate Sturgis, both U.S. youth internationals.